Between 1956 and 1960, Kevin Corcoran played several different (but similar) characters, each bearing the nickname Moochie. Although he was never a Mouseketeer, Corcoran appeared in three Mickey Mouse Club serials, beginning with Adventure in Dairyland, where he played Moochie McCandless, a farmer's son. This was the first of Corcoran's many Disney credits. He soon returned, as Montgomery (Moochie) O'Hara, in two Spin and Marty serials, The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty and The New Adventures of Spin and Marty.
Corcoran appeared in a Mouseketeer outfit with the name Moochie across his chest - once. In Disneyland: The Fourth Anniversary Show (1957), "Mouseketeer" Moochie repeatedly badgers Walt Disney for information about Zorro. Also on the fourth anniversary show, aired on September 11, 1957, segments were shown of Rainbow Road to Oz, a live-action film about characters in the Land of Oz. Inspired by L. Frank Baum's Oz books, the film was to star some of the Mouseketeers, including Darlene Gillespie as Dorothy and Annette Funicello as Ozma, as well as Tommy Kirk and Corcoran.
Continuing his fictional Moochie roles, Corcoran played Montgomery "Moochie" Daniels in the 1959 Disney film The Shaggy Dog. He also starred as Moochie Morgan in Moochie of the Little League (1959) and Moochie of Pop Warner Football (1960), both for the Disney anthology series. Character actor Russ Conway played his father.
In each iteration, Moochie likes to hang out with the older "guys" (big brother Wilby in The Shaggy Dog, the title characters in Spin and Marty), and hates being treated like the little kid he is. His determination to emulate elder peers despite adult warnings (swimming, helping Wilby, even switch-hitting) frequently gets him in trouble, but Moochie's bravado always returns soon afterward. Film writer Donald Liebenson has called Corcoran's character "part All-American boy and part hellion."
Corcoran appeared in numerous Disney projects (and a handful of non-Disney ones) without the Moochie name. He starred as Toby, an orphan who runs off to join the circus, in Toby Tyler, or Ten the only two theatrical films in which Corcoran had the lead roles. Important co-starring roles include the following:
• Old Yeller (1957) - younger son Arliss Coates
• The Shaggy Dog (1959) - Moochie Daniels
• The Rabbit Trap (1959) - Duncan Colt
• Goliath II (1960) - Goliath II
• Pollyanna (1960) - Pollyanna's friend, orphan Jimmy Bean
• Swiss Family Robinson (1960) - youngest son Francis Robinson
• Daniel Boone (1960 Disney miniseries) - son James Boone
• Toby Tyler (1960) - Toby Tyler
• Babes in Toyland (1961) - nursery rhyme character Boy Blue
• Aquamania (1961) - Goofy, Jr.
• Bon Voyage! (1962) - younger son Skipper Willard
• The Mooncussers (1962 Disney TV) - Jonathan Feather
• Johnny Shiloh (1963 Disney TV) - Union Army drummer (later sergeant) Johnny Lincoln Clem
• Savage Sam (1963) - Arliss Coates again
• A Tiger Walks (1964) - Tom Hadley
• Blue (1968) - Rory Calvin
Kevin Corcoran and Tommy Kirk played brothers in five films, beginning with 1957's Old Yeller. The other films in this category were The Shaggy Dog (1959), Swiss Family Robinson (1960), Bon Voyage! (1962) and Savage Sam (sequel to Old Yeller, 1963). Fred MacMurray played their father in The Shaggy Dog and Bon Voyage!; Dorothy McGuire played their mother in Old Yeller and Swiss Family Robinson. In 1961, he did the voice of Goofy Jr. in the animated short Aquamania.
Kevin Corcoran was honored as a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006. Among the other recipients at the 2006 ceremony were the two lead actors in Corcoran's Spin and Marty serials, Tim Considine and David Stollery, and Corcoran's frequent co-star, Tommy Kirk, himself a veteran of Mickey Mouse Club serials about the Hardy Boys.
Where is he today?
Unfortunately Kevin was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the age of 60, he died of the illness aged 66 on October 6, 2015.
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